Battle-ready policemen in Ogun State scored a major win in the crime fighting effort in the early hours of today, Friday 4th of September, 2020, when they successfully dislodged an armed robbery gang which blocked the Benin-Shagamu Expressway at Ijebu-Ife.

The robbery gang members who were all dressed in military camouflage, and fully armed to the teeth, were already busy dispossessing travellers of their valuables on the expressway around 2:45am.

A distress call which reached the Ijebu-Ife Police Division, effectively put paid to the robbery operation ongoing at the scene, following the arrival of an anti-riot squad led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Raphael Ugbenyo.

On sighting the policemen, the robbers engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. 

In the process, one of the hoodlums, dressed in military camouflage, was shot dead by Police operatives, it was learnt.

At the end of the encounter, the other gang members allegedly escaped into the nearby bush with various degrees of gun shot injuries.  

Ogun CP, Edward Ajogun

Recovered from the scene were: two mock guns, a cell phone, assorted charms and a torchlight. 

The corpse of the dead robber, it was learnt, has been deposited in the mortuary, while efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the story.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who praised his men for their gallantry display, had directed the thorough combing of the entire area so as to bring the escaped members of the gang to justice.

The CP also appealed to the general public especially hospitals to alert the police if anyone with bullet injuries is seen in their area. 

Ogun PPRO, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi

Ajogun, therefore, reteirated his earlier warning to criminals to steer clear of Ogun State as the Command is ready more than ever before to take the battle to their door steps.